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SHRM Foundation GRANTS/ Scholarship 2021 DEADLINE 2/10/2021

    January 21, 2021

    SHRM Certification Professional Development Grants


    Professional Development Grant: SHRM Certification exam and preparation (SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP)

    Application Opens: January 5, 2021

    Deadline: February 10, 2021 

    Results Notification: March 2021

    Terms of Use: Recipients of the 2021 Spring Certification Grant may test in Spring 2021 or Winter 2021 window. 


    • Current SHRM member (Professional or student membership must be active when applying and throughout the year in which you receive the award)
    • Meet eligibility requirements for SHRM Certification
    • You must test in Spring 2021 or Winter 2021 Window 
    • Is not receiving any organizational support or reimbursement for SHRM certification exam and preparation fees

    How to Apply

    Complete online application including:

    • Contact information
    • Short answer questions about academic/training, volunteer and career experience and your need for the grant
    • Current resume (or academic transcript if applicable)
    • One letter of reference (letter may be addressed to the 'SHRM Foundation Grant Review Committee' and should provide insight into your character, academic or career and volunteer accomplishments, work ethic, and values. May be written by work or volunteer colleague, professor, coach, etc., but should not come from a family member*)

    *Applicants must request all recommendation letters through our application system. SHRM Foundation cannot accept recommendation letters directly from applicants. We encourage applicants to request recommendation letters early in the application process.

    Please print or save your application for your records before you submit it. Once you submit your application, the SHRM Foundation will not be able to return it to you, in whole or in part, for any reason. 


    Selection Criteria

    • 40% work experience/progression (HR involvement and future career plans); current students without significant work experience will be reviewed based on academic background and breadth and quality of HR coursework
    • 40% volunteer activity (SHRM experience preferred, but not required)
    • 20% reference letter

    Applications are reviewed and scored by groups of SHRM volunteers and are reviewed by staff. All decisions are final. Each grant is a one-time grant, however previous applicants and past recipients are eligible to re-apply. Receiving a grant previously is no guarantee of receiving a future grant.

    Applicants must return to your application system to SUBMIT once all documentation, including letters of recommendation, have been attached.